Study: One in ten gay people face discrimination when arranging a funeral

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A survey published today has revealed that 10% of gay, lesbian and bisexual people have experienced discrimination either at a funeral or whilst arranging one.

The study was conducted by Stonewall and The Co-operative Funeralcare, and also found that 48% of LGB people lived in fear of discrimination when dealing with bereavement.

55% of respondents over 45 said they had no financial provision in place for their own funeral.

The most likely people to discriminate against people with same-sex partners were family members and religious leaders.

Out of the respondents, 24% said they thought they would face barriers when planning a funeral, and 23% said they were worried about being treated poorly by a funeral director.

Ruth Hunt, Acting Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: “Many older lesbian, gay and bisexual people grew up in a time when they were discriminated against and persecuted simply because of who they are. It’s therefore hardly surprising that so many feel reluctant to access services to help them plan for later life.

“At Stonewall we know that we stand on the shoulders of a generation whose tireless work helped to change Britain and the world for the better. We now have a responsibility to make sure that they receive the help and support they deserve for themselves and their families. That is why we’re working with community groups and faith organisations to help make this a reality.”

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Study: Children of gay couples have better ‘general health’ than those with straight parents

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A study has found that gay parents provide children with better “general health and family cohesion”, than children of straight parents.

The study by the University of Melbourne, which looked at 315 parents and 500 children, found that in terms of those two factors, children being raised by gay couples did better by 6 percentage points.

Raw Story reported that most of the parents featured in the study were lesbians.

Lead researcher Simon Crouch, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.:”That’s really a measure that looks at how well families get along, and it seems that same-sex parent families and the children in them are getting along well, and this has positive impacts on child health.”

The preliminary findings from the Australian study from the University of Melbourne, released last year, further dispelled the idea that children do better with opposite sex parents, rather than being raised by a gay couple.

His decision to conduct the study was prompted by politicians on both sides of the equal marriage and adoption debate asserted that children did better when raised by a straight couple.

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Study: Use of PrEP drug could lower herpes infection rates

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The use of HIV drug Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to prevent HIV infection, could also lower the infection rates of genital herpes.

Despite claims by opponents that introducing PrEP as a preventative measure against new HIV infections could increase STI infection rates, a study of 131 hetrosexual couples in serodiscordent relationships, meaning one partner is HIV positive, and the other is HIV negative, found a 30% reduction in herpes infection rates whilst taking the medication.

The couples, in Uganda and Kenya, were almost a third less likely to become infected with the HSV-2 strain of herpes.

The use of Truvada as PrEP, has seen support from organisations such as the Centers for Disease Control in the US, which issued recommendations that PrEP could play an important role in the prevention of HIV transmission.

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US: Study finds employers discriminate in favour of straight applicants

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A study conducted by the Equal Rights Centre and Freedom to Work concludes that employers favour applications from straight applicants.

Researchers applied for 100 jobs with US federal contractors using fictional pairs of CVs.

The pairs of CVs were similar except one listed the applicant’s leadership role in an LGBT-rights NGO and the other listed a role in a non-LGBT NGO.

According to the researchers, the LGBT CVs were designed to be stronger in several respects, better grades and work experience for example.

Despite this, the LGBT ‘applicants’ were 23% less likely to be called to interview.

The eight federal contractors were chosen because, according to the Williams Institute, as of 2012, seven of them did not have non-discrimination policies in place for sexual orientation.

The eighth, Exxon Mobil, was chosen because its shareholders have repeatedly rejected the inclusion of LGBT individuals in their anti-discrimination policies.

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